Sustainability Pulse #6

Sustainability Trends & News Worth Exploring — August 23

This week has been an abundance of both positive and negative events for the environment and society. While many efforts in sustainability and innovation are paving the way to a more eco-friendly future, it's clear as day that now, more than ever before, we need to all take action to mitigate climate change, not for the planet Earth only. Mother Earth has been through worse; we haven't, the humanity is at stake.

From wildfires to hurricanes, the changing weather effects have caused widespread panic. We hope you are taking care of both your mental and emotional states during these uncertain times.

This $110 T-shirt sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Most black ink is made of carbon that's terrible for the planet. Vollebak's black algae ink is the opposite.

Vollebak, a futuristic clothing label based in the U.K., has been working to develop a more eco-friendly approach to black clothing. It's partnered with a U.S. biomaterials company called Living Ink to create a pigment from algae used to produce the $110 Algae Black Shirt, which launches this week. In contrast to carbon black, algae is actually good for the environment because it absorbs carbon dioxide through photosynthesis while producing oxygen.

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Can sustainable fashion be affordable? And should it be, when too many of us treat clothes as disposable? Experts weigh in

  • Luxury and mass-market fashion brands alike are creating eco-conscious collections, making their supply chains more transparent and finding ways to reduce waste.

  • However, sustainably made clothes can't compete on price with fast fashion because it is artificially cheap. Experts say the answer is to buy less but better

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Sustainable fashion company Ziel declares bankruptcy, CPB predicts rapid recovery of Dutch economy and Shein searches for designers through competition

Webshop Shein (She-In) is launching a four-part series in which emerging designers compete for $100,000 and a chance to sell their designs through the fast-fashion giant's platform. The jury includes stars such as Christian Siriano, Law Roach, and Khloé Kardashian. According to Business of Fashion, the series begins August 22 and can be streamed on the Shein app and social media platforms.

SHEIN is known for selling clothes at alarmingly low prices and of very dubious quality—if your package arrives at all. The brand was accused of stealing from indie designers and selling offensive items, from Islamic prayer rugs as decorative mats to a necklace in the shape of a swastika. That's not what we call "the beauty of fashion".

On Good On You SHEIN gets our lowest score of 'Very Poor' for the planet. Aside from using a couple of eco-friendly materials here and there, there is no evidence the brand is taking any meaningful action to reduce its substantial impact on the environment.

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Why Hemp Could be The Next Big Thing in Sustainable Fashion

It could shape the talk on sustainable fashion as it is an environmentally conscious material for everyday clothing. It is durable, long-lasting, and has a comfortable feel to it. There are many ways hemp rivals clothing made from cotton, whose impact on the planet is far much worse.

Hemp clothing is no doubt going to be a game-changer in the fashion industry, and numerous reasons point to this:

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